To prevent illness that may affect your pet, some vaccinations are required, while others are just recommended. Vaccinations have been proven as one of the easiest ways to help your pet live a long and healthy life. There are different types of vaccines available, which you should discuss with one of our veterinarians. If you have a cat or dog and live in Del Mar, Carmel Valley, or the surrounding areas, contact our team today to get your furry friend on a vaccination schedule.
How Vaccines Work
The purpose of vaccinations is to prepare a body’s immune system to fight diseases. This is the same situation for pets. Antigens are found in vaccines that can resemble disease-causing organisms to the immune system, but they will not actually cause the disease. The immune system is stimulated once a new vaccine is introduced. When the pet is exposed to the actual disease, his immune system will be prepared to fight the recognized disease or decrease the severity of the illness.
Both dogs and cats have core vaccines that are based on their risk of exposure.
Core vaccines for dogs include:
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine Bordetella (with boosters every six months)
Depending on your dog’s exposure risk, non-core vaccines may also be given, which include:
- Borrelia burgdorferi
- Leptospira bacteria
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
Core vaccines for cats include:
- Panleukopenia for feline distemper
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline herpesvirus type I
Non-core vaccines for cats depend on the lifestyle of the cat and include:
- Feline leukemia virus
- Feline immunodeficiency virus
Our veterinarians will determine which vaccines are appropriate for your dog or cat. We will also set up a vaccination schedule to keep your furry friend protected for years to come.
The vaccination schedule will vary depending on your pet’s age, medical history, type of vaccine, lifestyle, and more. If the mother of a puppy has a healthy immune system, the puppy will more than likely get antibodies in the mother’s milk when nursing. However, puppies should receive vaccinations beginning at six to eight weeks of age. Three vaccines will be given by your vet at three to four-week intervals, with the final dose given at 16 weeks.
Adult dogs may get certain vaccinations each year, while other vaccinations may be given every three years or more. Kittens are similar to puppies with their vaccinations. Adult cats can be re-vaccinated each year or every three years. Our veterinarians will create a vaccination schedule and answer any questions that you may have regarding your pet’s health.
Contact All Creatures Hospital for Your Pet’s Next Vaccination
Vaccinations have saved millions of pets from diseases that can often have deadly consequences. If you live in or around Del Mar and Carmel Valley and have a cat or dog that needs to be vaccinated, call our veterinarians today at (858) 481-7992 to schedule an appointment.